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How The Current COO Of Facebook Became One Of The World’s Most Influential Women?

Sheryl Sandberg is an unforgettable name when it comes to business executives who have made important contributions to the development of Facebook or Google.

A successful businesswoman

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Sheryl Sandberg (full name Sheryl Kara Sandberg), born August 28th, 1969, was an American business executive, philanthropist, and author. She is known as the COO of Facebook (now called Meta platforms) and the founder of Learnin.org.

In June 2012, Sandberg was nominated by the Board of Directors of Facebook and became its first female board member. Prior to that, she was VP of Global Online Sales at Google. Besides, she was also active in the Google.org charity campaign and was even chief of staff to U.S. Treasury secretary Lawrence Summers.

With the mentioned contributions, Sandberg was named in the Times list of 100 most influential people of 2012. Based on the percentage of shares she has in Facebook and other companies, her total value is in billions of dollars.

Accomplishments at a young age

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Sandberg has been a gifted, talented student. She attended North Miami Beach High School where she consistently ranked 1st  in her class, eventually ranked 9th upon graduation.

In 1987, Sandberg attended the prestigious Harvard’s School of Liberal Arts and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics in 1991. Two years later, she continued to attend Harvard’s School of Business Administration, receiving a first-year scholarship. She received her MBA with distinction in 1995.

From McKinsey to Facebook

Source: Fortune

Upon her graduation in 1995, Sheryl Sandberg worked as a consultant for McKinsey & Company for 1 year. From 1996 to 2001, she worked in the state treasury for Larry Summers, U.S. secretary of the Treasury under President Bill Clinton, aiding in debt restructuring during the 1997 Asian financial crisis.

Sandberg moved to Silicon Valley in 2001. From November 2001 to March 2008, she worked for Google as VP of global online sales.

At the end of 2007, Sheryl Sandberg met Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg at a Christmas party. Although Zuckerberg initially had no intention of hiring her, he considered Sandberg a perfect fit for the executive position and in March 2008, Facebook officially recruited her as COO.

Since joining Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg has made significant contributions in bringing billions of dollars to Facebook. She has been in charge of overseeing many of the company’s activities including commerce, marketing, business development, human resources, public policy and communications. In 2012, Sheryl Sandberg became the 8th and first female member of the Facebook Board of Directors.

In 2009, Sheryl Sandberg became a board member of Walt Disney. She also serves at the same position in Women for Women International, Center for Global Development and V-Day. Previously, she has also worked as a manager for Starbucks with an annual salary of about $280,000 and other organizations such as Brookings Institution and Ad Council.

“Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead” is Sandberg’s debut book published in March 2013, co-authored with Nell Scovell on leadership, business development, issues such as lack of women in the state apparatus, business as well as feminism. The book has been a bestseller since its release.

A great portfolio indeed

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Sheryl Sandberg was ranked by Fortune magazine as one of the “50 Most Powerful Women In Business” for 2007, 2008, 2010, 2014, 2016.

She was also named in the “Top 50 Women” by The Wall Street Journal in 2007, 2008.

Bloomberg Businessweek honored Sheryl Sandberg in “25 Most Influential People On The Internet” in 2009

In 2014, Sheryl Sandberg ranked 9th in “World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” list by Forbes.

In 2012, Newsweek and The Daily Beast released the book “Digital Power Index” including the 100 prominent people in the digital space that year, where Sheryl Sandberg ranked 3rd in the Evangelists category,

In the same year, she was named in the annual list of “100 Most Influential People In The World” by Times Magazine.

Her book Lean In was nominated for the 2013 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award.

In 2013, Sheryl Sandberg ranked 8th on The Jerusalem Post’s list of the “50 Most Influential Jews”.

Sheryl Sandberg is truly an ideal model of a modern woman. She is not only admired for her talents, but also for her dedication towards business and society.

H/T: startuptalky.com

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